Review: J.T. Meleck Louisiana Rice Whiskey

Bourbon has long defined the American whiskey business, though rye and single malts are fast-growing categories many drinkers are keeping close tabs on. But we may be witnessing the genesis of a newer homegrown spirit: American rice whiskey. With just a handful of producers, it’s a category whiskey drinkers can explore in a single sitting,…

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Review: 2022 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais Rose Nouveau

It’s been a few years since we’ve dug into Beaujolais Nouveau, the (in)famous wine that marks the first production of the season — and is intended to be consumed before the year on the label is up. These fresh bottles won’t be around for long (we hope), so dig in while you can. 2022 Georges…

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Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Special Releases 2022

Diageo’s Special Releases — its most prized Scotch whiskies in limited run formats — are here for 2022. And while you can try to ignore the insane messaging — with taglines like “the enchantress of the ruby solstice” — and the out-there bottle artwork, you certainly can’t ignore what’s in these bottles — all hitting…

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Review: Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled in Bond Fall 2018 Vintage

We’ve been trying our best to keep up with Tennessee’s Chattanooga Whiskey, but between their core Tennessee High Malts, extensive barrel finishes, and experimental batches, it’s a lot of whiskey to cover. After missing the first three releases of their Bottled in Bond series (part of the High Malt line), we finally got our hands…

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The Willy Wonka of Whisky: An Interview With Dr. Bill Lumsden (Part 2)

Today, Ardbeg is an iconic Scotch whisky brand with numerous awards, international name recognition, and the love of peatheads the world over. There’s even a fan club, the Ardbeg Committee, whose limited editions are some of the more coveted annual releases from Islay. But before Glenmorangie and Dr. Bill Lumsden came to its rescue in…

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Review: Clonakilty Irish Whiskey – Port Cask Finish and Chateau La Cardonne Finish

I recently had a chance to sit down with Padraic Coll, co-founder of the Clonakilty Distillery, when he visited Boston to discuss the company’s whiskey line and future plans. One of Clonakilty’s more exciting projects is collaborating with local breweries across the U.S., aging their Irish whiskey in a variety of distinctive beer casks. They…

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Review: Blue Run Emerald Rye

Blue Run has been on quite a streak this year. After releasing batch 2 of their Golden Rye along with Reflection I, a High Rye Bourbon, and their impressive Flight Series, the brand is back again with their latest expression: Blue Run Emerald Rye. Though this is only the third rye, and only the second…

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Bar Review: Peacock Room, New Orleans

A short walk from New Orleans’ French Quarter and on the ground floor of the upscale Hotel Fontenot you’ll find the Peacock Room, which has been serving upscale cocktails — no TVs, even when the Saints are playing — to thirsty locals and visitors alike. On a recent trip — during the first chill of…

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